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What to Bring to the Dealership When You’re Ready to Buy or Lease in York, PA

Buying a new car is about as thrilling as it gets. Taking it for that first drive through your neighborhood, picking up your kids from school and even showing up to work are things you likely look forward to. You may have already found that perfect Toyota, whether the crowd-pleasing Corolla, the sporty RAV4, the iconic Camry or one of our many other great models, and you may be ready to drive it home right now. However, there are some things you need to do to ensure the transaction is as smooth as possible. You probably already have a specific car in mind, but if not, be sure to browse our inventory of new Toyota models and find the one that best fits your needs and budget. To expedite the buying process even more, go ahead and get pre-approved for financing.

When you are ready to buy, there are a few items that you’ll need to bring with you to Toyota of York. To that end, we’ve compiled a short list below that you can keep on your phone or even print out and use as a checklist before heading to our dealership.

What To Bring

Your driver's license

Your driver’s license

Proof of car insurance

Proof of car insurance

Proof of income

Proof of income

Method of payment

Method of payment

Your social security number

Your social security number


Trade In Your Old Vehicle

Trading in your old vehicle when purchasing (or even leasing) a new Toyota is always a good idea. It can be used, essentially, as a down payment, which will lower the overall loan amount. If you buy a new or pre-owned vehicle, your monthly payments will, in turn, be less than they otherwise would be. On that note, if you’re curious about your monthly payments, you can use our handy online calculator to get a good idea of what you will be paying.

If you’re planning to trade in a vehicle, regardless of make or model, you can get an estimate online in seconds based on Kelley Blue Book®️ estimates. We will do everything we can to give you the maximum amount for your old vehicle. If you are planning to trade in a vehicle, though, make sure to bring the following items with you:

Documents for trade-in (title, registration, current loan paperwork)

Documents for trade-in
(title, registration, current
loan paperwork)

All sets of trade-in vehicle's keys

All sets of trade-in
vehicle’s keys


What to Pay Attention to During Your Test Drive

No one likes paperwork, but car sales require them. It’s actually a law, so that part of the transaction is unavoidable. One part that is avoidable, though, no one ever wants to avoid. It’s the test-drive, of course! Everyone loves to test drive a new Toyota. That joy is understandable, but don’t be so excited that you forget what matters most: finding the perfect Toyota for your needs. So make sure the Toyota you’re testing out checks all your boxes.

Make a list of any must-have features and be sure the model you’re driving includes them. It’s a Toyota, so it probably will! If you have any questions during the test-drive, don’t hesitate to ask the salesmember sitting there next to you. Our team knows Toyota inside and out. Here are a few other things to remember for your test-drive:

Get comfy in the driver's seat.

Get comfy in the driver’s seat.

Pay attention to the feel of the ride.

Pay attention to the feel of the ride.

Try out various features inside and out.

Try out various features inside and out.

Test out the parking and visibility in different environments.

Test out the parking and visibility
in different environments.

Don't rush!

Don’t rush!


Final Steps in the Car-Buying Process

You’ve found the perfect Toyota and you’re ready to drive it home. Now what? Simple. Take these final things into consideration and you’ll be turning heads in your new Toyota in no time:

Review the paperwork carefully before signing.

Review the paperwork carefully
before signing.

Remember your new keys and thank the people you've been working with!

Remember your new keys and thank
the people you’ve been working with!

If you’d like to purchase or lease a new vehicle, simply give us a call, or stop by Toyota of York at 1885 Whiteford Road, York, PA 17402 today. We look forward to serving our customers from Hanover, Lancaster and Elizabethtown.